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ROCK ISLAND ROAD
The repeated claim (hat (lie k<« i<
Uland railroad will find an entrance
Into California vi.i Yttlttfl Rtid Imperial
valley, thence pr«x -reding cither to
Han Diego or I#«»h Angeles teems to
take on new feature* from the follow*
ing Rtatenient published by Itie Den
ver I 'out 3
"Senator William A. Clark of Mon
tana .ui'i Thomas K. Walsh of Colora*
iiu have, it in rumored, joined Issues in
railroad Construction* and will build
practically a new lraiiHConlincnl.it
railroad.
"The Chicago, KoCk Inland and l*a«
*i lie in naid to be in with Senator
Clark and Mr. W.iUh.
"The new transcontinental line
would give Senator Clark an outlet for
hm I,om A ngele* and Salt Lake road,
which lta» been left without one
through the absorption of the two
Colorado mountain linen l»y George
Gould. The K<x'k Island would K rt a
new and short route to California.
"Mr. Wajnh Rome time ago iuc«#i por
ated a railroad to t»c built iroiu Ouray
via Gutitlison to I'u.'bo. II Ins al
liance with Senator Clark in perfected,
he will build on probably to Liberal,
Kan., where he will connect hi* roud
with the Kock Inland.
"It is said that Senator Clark and
Mr. Walsh will meet thin week in
Washington and there complete the
deal whereby they will become part
ners in railroad construction.''
The Htateiueut has seemed to bo well
founded that the Hock Inland would
soon reach Ytnna, in which cane it
would hcem certain that the road
would be continued to tide water, and
if relationship is established between
Senator Clark's road and the Kock
Inland, there would be but about 2<X>
miles to build from Ytnna through the
Imperial valley to a junction with the
('lark road at Kcdlands, thus giving
the system of road* two routes to the
Kant, one reaching to the northeast
and the other to the south.
More Ducks Coming
The I«os AngelcM Herald is keeping
close tab un duck migrations, and says:
"Duck shooting during the pant
week has been extraordinarily good.
The recent storm about San Francisco
has sent the mallards and cauvas
backs south in Urge flocks, and hunt
rrs are beginning to bag a larger pro
portion of these ducks than in the
season thus far."
of course those ducks arc coming to
the various lakes in the Imperial val
ley,for there is where all well informed
ducks assemble to hold their annual
conventions, but if this thing continues
they wilt find standing room only.
There are already more ducks and
Other water fowl on the lakes than an
army uf hunters could slaughter.
Not Standing Alone
The town of Imperial, while thus
far attracting most attention, is not
to be alone in the Imperial Valley.
Calexico in now in a prosperous con
dition, and it is evident that Paringa,
between the two towns mentioned, will
will soon l»e heard from. Work has
been begun on the irrigation distri
buting system for the Hraly tract,
north of Imperial, and the town of
Kancherita will be mapped out in due
lime for that tracr.
Thus far Imperial stands in the lead,
however, in the matter of general bus
(ness, and ho tunny lines of industry
are taking form for the future that it
seems very proble this will continue,
the town making rapid strides as forced
along by" till? development of the
country.
first Hobos ••»•
Two men of the typicaj , lyobo type
wandered into Imperial tlfi* week.
They were the advance (fuafdfpf tljeir
tribe, being the lir»t to invade the bet*
tlemcnts.i With the COinbirf %rail
ruads they will multiply, hut for the
time being they lire scarce.
WORK ON GRADERS
Oeorge A. Carter A Co. liAftfAkertfl
contract to run two grader*, or ditch
ing niactilne% the second of which will
be in Imperial within a very few days.
They will both Ik* at work on the lat
eral to run half a mile east of town,
where our in now at work. Thin one
in making splendid headway, and can
be WCll from town, but a mile to the
southeast i
Mr. Carter will add lonia force eleven
mtllci and five horses brought in Sat
urday l»y Charles Lathrop, thi* giving
him about seventy head of utock at
work in the valley.
One of the nights of the valley in the
grader at work on the ditch. Mr.
Carter's camp in a mile south and a
half mile east of Imperial, in the mid
dle of an eight-mile stretch of ditch 1H
feet on the lop and 14 feet on the bot
tom, which he i* to construct. Sixteen
mules are hitched in front and four
behind the grader, and they are able
to make a round trip over four miles
of the ditch each half day, taking out
four furrows each day, the furrow be
ing a foot wide and about ten inches
deep. For digging the ditch three
furrows deep and four miles long
about two weeks are required. The
machine is of iron frame work, like a
road machine, with a single plow with
large shear. This throws the dirt oil
a continuous belt, which carries it to
the bank of the ditch. As the machine
is forced along a steady stream of dirt
is poured out, there being no waste of
mule energy. The level nature of the
earth in this section permits of most
successful work with the grader, the
ditch made by it having far more even
banks than one made with scrapers.
Rice as a Product
Many persons more or less acquaint
ed with rice growing in other countries
have visited Imperial valley and have
expressed the opion that lice could be
grown here with much profit, especially
in such a locality as the low laud sur
rounding Mesquite lake, where they
thought it would be easy to keep the
laud flooded during the time required.
It is not impossible that some effort
in that line will be made in the
course of a short time. It now ap
pears that other portions of the state
are considering the same matter of
testing rice in California, and the
Fruit World says:
"It is reported at Stockton that R.
P. Lane is to make a scientific experi
ment with rice culture on the tract of
the old River Land and Reclamation
Company. Some parties have been
stimulated to action by reason of what
is being done in Louisiana, where laud
has advanced in value from ?5 tosls<)
per acre since the planting* of rice
fields, $30 to $40 per acre being cleared
on the crop.
"Many experiments were made in
the early days of California, which are
reported fully in the proceedings of
the State Agricultural Society. It
may be that varieties of rice may be
found that will succeed in the Sacra
mento and San Joaquin river bottoms,
and on reclaimed tule laud, but the
conditions existing in Louisiana and
California are ho different that success
with any special crop in one would not
mean success with the same in the
other."
Bank Opening
Unless there in disappointment in
the receipt of supplies now on the way
from I. os Angeles, the First National
Hank will open its doom in temporary
quarters next Monday. The bank will
begin business in the building occupied
by the Imperial Mercantile company,
removing at an early date to the brick
block to be erected on the corner of
•Kighth street and Imperial avenue.
IMI'KNIAf, I'KKSS
ludio tin* a newnpapCff ill** Subma
rine, which Iliad*.' iff* npjK*arancr la*t
week. It obtains Itn title from Mir fact
th.it it in published twenty-two feet
below the level of the sea i mid not, n*
might be supposed* printed In the f.i
iiioiih ship Nuutiluß or Holland* fa
moun craft. There arc no wave* to
beat above It , and yet if it meets the
imual experience there m:iy be many
to b«-at against it. There If a natural
feeling of fellowship on the part of
the Press and Farmer for no near a
neighbor. This paper in iuclf pub*
liidied 74 feet dclow the level of the
sea i yet it in not a crustacean. It in
Covered by no hard ahell that makes it
impervious to sentiments of friendship
for itn fellows.
Between Inclio and Imperial there
■hould be feelings of kinship. They
lie in what is practically the same val
ley. Their climatic conditions are
practically the same. There is a dl«
versity in noil and in methods of ob
taining water for irrigation. Thisi
gives room for each section to think
itself superior, and these differences
may at times awaken some degree of
rivalry. But rivalry is stimulating,
and out of it may grow a stronger
friendship, with a possibility of ulti
mate intimacy extending beyond that
now in evidence. The new editor is
Randolph R. Freeman, and he will un
doubtedly be accorded the place he
merits in the ranks of pioneer news
paper workers.
Not Hard to Swallow
Manager Swallow of the Yuha Oil
company has returned to San Diego
from this country and reciter for the
Union a story which is interesting. As
for the railroad, the allotment of time
my be too brief, but it is not impos
sible. He says in part:
"Mr. Swallow reports a great amount
of interest in the Imperial country. He
saw many people on the way there. He
was told by an agent of the Southern
Pacific that that road would be run
ning trains between Flowing Wells
and Imperial within three months. One
of the most interesting sights was the
ten-mule teams hauling- millet, sorg
hum and sugar cane from Calexico to
Imperial. Most of the feed was baled
and it was surprising what a load ten
mules could get away with. The yield
of these three kinds of feed in the New
River country this season has been ex
traordinary and yet up to now it has
found a ready market at Imperial."
Working Near Imperial
J. Garnett Holmes of the bureau of
soils of the United States Agricultural
Department, who has made his head
quarters at Calexico for several weeks,
is now actively at work in the neigh
borhood of Imperial, and expects to
close his work in the Imi>erial valley
before Christmas. The data which he
is gathering regarding the soils of the
valley will be used by the Government
as a basis for a bulletin making re
commendations regarding crops best
adapted to this section, th nigh the
bulletin will probably not be issued f»»r
a year or more.
J. W. Quiiui arrived at Imperial
Thursday with his family, five horses
and twenty-five head of cattle, to take
possession of his land south of town.
The cattle were mainly young stock of
good grade. They had been shipped
from Phoenix, Arizona, to Flowing
well, whence they were driven through.
Alfalfa and Barley Seed
Just received from I'tah a carload of
alfalfa seed. Also choice Heed barley
for sale. Imperial Mercantile compa
ny, Calexico. , ; ..*
THE SUBMARINE
Cattle Arrive
HUNT TRACT SUBDIVIDED
O.iklcy-Piinliu Company arc meeting
I with much success In subdividing the
. f ofx>-;icrc Hunt tracl, which thry pur
chased ■ few day n since. Thin tract
lien ntxitit the town ftitr* of Paring. i
and Cnlcxico, and i* bring taken up
rapidly in mn ill tract* by newcomer*,
tiniH working to the Interest of both
those towns by making possible n
more d^nne population than would re
nult with *) large a tract held by one
person.
Tin-* it in line with much of the
work now in progrctt. *omc of the
fir»t ncttlern having taken larger hold*
ing» than they find it convenient to
cultivate or to make payment h on,
with the result that the tendency of
the time* in toward Mih*livi*ion. Ah a
result, there will be few holdings in
cxcthh of 320 acres, while the average
holding will be in the neighborhood of
1M) acres, many farms consisting of 40
and ho acres.
There arc also being formulated
plans for placing on the market a con
siderable body of laud near Imperial in
ten-acre tracts, suitable for fruit and
vegetable growing, which will be sold
at prices within the reach of every
body.
Getting Green
During the last few weeks a consid-
erable acreage of ground in the valley
has been sown to barley, with a view
to making early feed for horses and
mules, and as a result f^reen is becom
ing the prevailing color in many por
tions of the valley. Present indica
tions are that this first, winter crop will
make as great a showing as did the
first summer crop of sorghum and mil
let. A number of small tractsare also
iKing sown to alfalfa with equal sue-
cess so far as determined, but the im
mediate need of feed for horses is
greater than for cattle, and barley is
consequently being given the prefer
ence thus tar.
mainly Personal
J. E. Heck, a well known restaurant
man of la>s Angeles, visited Imperial
this week.
Mr. and Mrs. 11. C. Oakley arrived
from Dos Angeles Wednesday, taking
tip their residence in the parsonage.
A. \V. Patton was joined this week
by his mother, who came down from
I,os Angeles to occupy the new cot
tage ill Imperial, which the son has
been building.
\V. M. Hammer of Alhambra, Ari
zona, sj>ent most of the week in the
valley and bought a half section with
in a half mile of the Paringa town
site.
Isaac Frazee of Moosa, visited Im
perial this week. He is a gentleman
of much ability in literature and is
well known as a writer through the
Southwest, having a beautiful home
in the mountain country of San Diego
county. He was accompanied on his
trip by Mr. Mingus of the same
section.
I. \V. Gleason brought in a party
Saturday from Riverside which con
sisted of Mrs. Dr. BHler and Mrs. W. L.
Lymanof Cherokee, lowa, his sisters,
Mr. and Mrs. Dawson of Larrabee,
lowa, George Russell, Mrs. W. 11.
Eaton of Riverside, and Will Gies of
South Dakota.
Messers. Perry, who are settling" on
section 20, 16-14, are planning to put
up tive houses for the five families,
making quite a settlement of their own
in that quarter. With the three men
of the saute name already identi
fied with the Imperial settlement.
Perry takes the lead as a popular
name.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lathrop of
Pomona, their daughter, Mrs. Winters,
and her children, and K. T. Davis of
I<os Angeles, the latter a local preach
er of the Methodist church, arrived in
Imperial Saturday, and pitched their
tents, after a long and hard drive
across country.
For a few days in the Thanksgiving
day period many of the most familiar
faces at Imperial were conspicuous by
their absence, but this week has been
marked by their return from feasts
spread in other towns. J. A. Hammers
came in from Los Angeles Tuesday
with his son, A. J. Hammers. \V. b.
and lAToy Holt and 11. C. Oakley
reached here Wednesday, and others
have been dropping in during the
week, giving the town a more lively
appeuranco after the holiday.
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